Currently, the minimum age requirement to be president of the United States is 35 years old.
In Ireland, there was a referendum recently to reduce the minimum age of presidency from 35 to 21.
Wow! Can you imagine a 21 year old president? Can you imagine a 21 year old president of the United States? I mean, to be fair, I’ve met some brilliant 21 year olds- and even heard about some brilliant 13 year olds, like this 13 year old tech company founder– but in the case of a nation’s president, I think bit more life experience can be really helpful.
Ireland voted no on the referendum by a majority of 891,704 votes.
520,898 votes were for pro age change and 1,412,602 were against it.
But it’s interesting who voted yes. Here’s a quote from the Irish Times:
“Dublin South Central TD (TD is the equivalent of a congress member in Ireland), Eric Byrne revealed he had changed his mind at last minute and voted Yes. “It just dawned on me, I don’t have to vote for a 21-year-old but why deprive them of the right to run?”
Fine Gael Minister of State Simon Harris, who is advocated a Yes vote, said the Constitution is ageist and needs to be changed.
“Ageism has no place in our Constitution,” he added. “It was written at a time when there was a different view of our younger citizens.” “
21 is pretty young, but I wonder if the referendum results would be different if the age difference was changed from 35 to 30 instead of from 35 to 21.
A 30, 32, or 34 year old president seems doable to me. What do you guys think?
Do you think there’s a major difference between the ages of 30 and 35? What would it be like if the presidential minimum age in the US was lowered from 35 to 30?